This is the original dragon, but you would also see replicas if you walked into the City of London from:
- The south end of London Bridge,
- High Holborn near Gray's Inn Road,
- Aldgate High Street
- Goswell Road (north of Aldersgate Street),
- Farringdon Street,
- The south end of Blackfriars Bridge.
There's also a more terrifying dragon at Temple Bar.
In fact, if you're heading into the City of London from any main road, you can't help but pass a dragon! Look! Here's a map!
Is this because secretly it was a dragon that started the Great Fire of London? Sadly no, but dragons have been on the City of London Coat of Arms since at least 1609.
Nobody's quite sure why, especially with the St George's cross everywhere, which has to be farly anti-dragon, don't you think? But whatever the reason, in 1964, the Corporation of London decided to put these dragons along the boundary of the City of London, choosing the Victoria Embankment design over the Temple Bar one, as it was less scary.